Africa: Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the party's annual conference on December 17, 2016 in Masvingo.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe Priest Held Over Mugabe Death Prophecy

Monday, January 16, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe police on Monday detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in October, his lawyer said. Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugabe was arrested at the magistrateâ s court in Harare where he was appearing on separate ...

Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) - Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday. Newly-crowed African player of the year Mahrez gave Algeria an early lead in the Gr ...

Senegal's national football team players take part in a training session on January 4, 2017, at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, during preparations for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.  By SEYLLOU (AFP/File)

Algeria coach wary of Africa Cup of Nations outsiders Zimbabwe

Saturday, January 14, 2017 Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) - Virtually all the pre-2017 Africa Cup of Nations talk about Group B has concerned which two countries from Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia will advance to the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe, who complete the quartet based in southeastern Gabonese city Franceville, have been dis ...
Zimbabwe are outsiders in the Africa Cup of Nations but hope to surprise with players like Belgium-based striker Knowledge Musona (C).  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File)

Troubled Africa Cup prep for minnows Zimbabwe

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe's sports ministry stumped up $1 million emergency funding after player grievances over accommodation and training facilities threatened preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations, an official said Thursday. The side was training at a private school outside the capital Hara ...
A woman and her children carry water buckets fetched from a tank installed at a church at Luveve on the outskirts of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on November 24, 2016.  By ZINYANGE AUNTONY (AFP/File)

Zimbabwe water crisis gives rise to backdoor sellers

Sunday, January 1, 2017 Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - From jobless youths hired to dig wells to illegal sellers supplying water in buckets and large tanks, some enterprising Zimbabweans are cashing in on the country's desperate water shortages. Zimbabwe's long-standing water supply problems have been worsened by a severe ...
Grace Mugabe (R) was taken to court by Jamal Ahmed after she took over three of his properties.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File)

Grace Mugabe told to return property in diamond ring spat

Thursday, December 22, 2016 Harare (AFP) - A Zimbabwean court has ordered President Robert Mugabe's wife to return three properties she seized from a local businessman in a messy dispute over a $1.35-million diamond ring, a lawyer said Thursday. Grace Mugabe was taken to court by Jamal Ahmed after she took over three of his ...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the party's annual conference on December 17, 2016 in Masvingo.  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP)

Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot

Saturday, December 17, 2016 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe once quipped that he'd rule his country until he turned 100. On Saturday, his ruling ZANU-PF party endorsed the 92-year-old leader as its candidate for the 2018 presidential election, bringing him closer to achieving his wish. From crushin ...
Human activity including trophy hunting accounted for the majority of lion deaths in Hwange National Park.  By TONY KARUMBA (AFP/File)

Lions in Zimbabwe reserve most threatened by humans: research

Monday, December 12, 2016 Harare (AFP) - Lions living in the Zimbabwean reserve that was home to Cecil the lion are most threatened by human behaviour, including trophy hunting, researchers said Monday. Cecil was shot by an American trophy hunter in 2015, sparking outrage after it emerged that the lion was not only a po ...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrives to deliver the state-of-the nation address in Harare, on December 6, 2016.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP)

Mugabe salutes Zimbabweans' economic resilience

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Harare (AFP) - President Robert Mugabe used his state of the nation address Tuesday to praise Zimbabweans for showing resilience through economic troubles, but he avoided mention of the country's controversial new currency. Since last week, Zimbabweans withdrawing money from banks have received ...

WORLD AIDS DAY: MSF celebrates a decade of milestones in HIV care - Epworth, Zimbabwe

Thursday, December 1, 2016 In commemorating World AIDS Day 2016, we celebrate the milestones reached since Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in Zimbabwe, partnered in 2006 to establish the Epworth Clinic which offers HIV treatment to thousands of people in the outskirts of Har ...
Two men look at a bond note released by the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe in the capital Harare.  By Wilfred Kajese (AFP)

New token notes no relief for cash-short Zimbabweans

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Harare (AFP) - A token currency issued in Zimbabwe this week to ease critical cash shortages has brought little relief as desperate customers queue for hours to withdraw money while some traders reject the new notes. The central bank on Monday issued $10 million in US dollar-equivalent bond note ...
A man holds a two dollar note withdrawn from Cabs Bank in Harare on November 28, 2016.  By Wilfred Kajese (AFP/File)

Zimbabweans wary of new 'bond note' dollars  

Monday, November 28, 2016 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabweans on Monday greeted their new bond note currency with deep suspicion that it could herald the return of hyperinflation that destroyed their savings less than 10 years ago. The country has operated mainly on US dollars since 2009, but banks and cash machines started disp ...
A man holds a two dollar note withdrawn from Cabs Bank in Harare on November 28, 2016.  By Wilfred Kajese (AFP/File)

Unease as Zimbabwe rolls out 'surrogate' dollars  

Monday, November 28, 2016 Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe on Monday started issuing bond notes , its own currency equivalent to the US dollar, in a bid to ease critical cash shortages, but the move sparked fears of a return to hyperinflation. The crisis-hit southern African country has used multiple foreign currencies, including ...
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